Why did you join the Pets in Space 2 anthology?
Pauline B. Jones and I are the creators of the anthology so of course I had to be involved with the second volume! Plus it was so much fun to write a story featuring pets in a strong scifi tale for the first collection, I couldn’t resist the challenge of writing another one this year. So far I’ve written one novel and most of a second novel keying off some of the plot ideas that appeared in my story for PETS 1, so I guess my Muse enjoys the creativity involved in doing a shorter tale, but clearly wants to have more room to ‘play’ with the concepts later. I don’t know if that will happen with my story for PETS2 as well, but it’d be nice.
If you could bring back one extinct animal, what would it be, and why?
Oh no, I’ve seen “Jurassic Park” too many times! Bringing back extinct animals isn’t such a hot idea at all. People get eaten! Seriously, the thing is, the ecosystem in which these animals originally evolved no longer exists so what kindness would it be to bring the poor animal back but not the rest of its natural habitat? Just so we can gawk at a mammoth or a dodo bird? I think we should be directing our energies to saving the animals we do still have, and preserving what they need to survive.
If you could create/design an animal, what would it look like and what could it do?
Umm, I kinda did this for my PETS 1 short story – Midorri, my alien pet, had aspects of a cat and a red panda (my favorite animal after cats), as well as a lot of special attributes of her own and a keen intelligence. I’m not into ”designing” animals. The best example I ever saw, however, is probably the backstory to Anne McCaffrey’s dragons of Pern, (SPOILER AHEAD) and how the original colonists developed them from native beasts. The author did do a bit of hand waving and “magic happens here” stuff though, with the human scientist in charge having been trained by alien genetics masters.
What do you love about writing science fiction romance?
I love the infinite possibilities for adventure that the science fiction aspect brings into play. The hero and heroine aren’t limited to what’s available here on Earth – their only limit is the author’s imagination and there’s an entire universe to play in. I enjoy having a strong romance or romantic elements present in the scifi action, and an HEA or HFN ending, because that’s what I like to read. I like to say that I write stories along the lines of what Ripley and Hicks had to cope with in the movie “Aliens”, but with a whole lot more romance and less gore and ick. Plus I include that all important to me, clearly happy ending. I enjoy watching a strong capable heroine and an equally strong guy handle the challenges and dangers of their situation, amid a growing respect and affection for each other that turns to love. They always say you should write what you can’t ever find enough of!
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